According to Arsenal hero Paul Merson, Arsenal should have made a move for now-Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater in the summer. The England international joined Premier League champions signed Drinkwater for £35million from Leicester on deadline day.
Merse in his column in the Daily Star wrote, “Arsenal should have bid for Danny Drinkwater rather than let him go to Chelsea. At least he will fight for you. This lot just give up.
“In my day, the dressing room after a performance like that would have been a war zone. You would have had to call the police because there would have been fights everywhere.”
Would Drinkwater have provided steel in midfield?
Drinkwater has established himself as a no-nonsense midfielder for Leicester in recent years. The former Manchester United midfielder’s best campaign came alongside N’Golo Kante in the Foxes Premier League winning campaign.
He is the sort of player who is not scared to do the dirty work and let others do the creative stuff in front of him. Chelsea have brought him in to fill the gap vacated by Nemanja Matic’s move to Manchester United.
Arsenal signed Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka to provide the steel in the centre of midfield last summer. However, Xhaka has endured mixed fortunes in north London. Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are decent in the defensive midfield role, but there are question marks about the pair’s longevity in the Gunners central midfield.
In short, Drinkwater maybe would not have been a terrible signing for the Gunners this summer. Is he really the quality of player that would help Arsenal become a contender at the top of the English table again?
I doubt it and he could well only be a squad player at Chelsea this season. The Blues have also signed French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who looks to be the ideal partner for compatriot Kante.
Arsenal in a mess
Arsenal’s odds of making the top-four this season seem to worsen by the week. The Gunners are now odds of 13/8 to make the Champions League spots this season.
The summer transfer dealings have not been ideal for Arsenal. However, the transfer window is closed and everybody needs to pull together. At the moment the fans are understandably angry at the club not making more additions and the Gunners poor display against Liverpool.
As we know from experience criticism seems to be like water off a ducks back to Arsene Wenger and most of the current players. The fans are the club and they deserve better. Hopefully, the players can give them better in the near future.
Would Danny Drinkwater have been a good signing for Arsenal?